Lascuna putts his way to the top #MyanmarOpen

Thu 04 Feb 2016

Lascuna putts his way to the top #MyanmarOpen

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Yangon, February 4: Philippines’ Antonio Lascuna benefited from his solid putting as it rewarded him with a commanding eight-under-par 64 and the outright lead after the first round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Thursday.
The 45-year-old veteran needed just 29 putts to underline his supremacy over the rest of the strong field gathered at the US$750,000 event which is also the richest sporting event in Myanmar. 040216_LMO_Danny Chia (MAS) 05
Malaysia’s Danny Chia briefly took the morning lead when he carded a 65 before being overtaken by Lascuna to slip to second place at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club.
India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia posted a 66 to take a share of third place with Japan’s Azuma Yano, Canada’s Richard T. Lee, South Africa’s Shaun Norris, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang and Australia’s Sam Brazel.
Lascuna was a figure of consistency especially on the greens where his sublime touch with the putter led him to the top after day one of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
He ran out in 34 but was a man on fire in his homeward-nine where he quickly went to eight-under with four birdies and an eagle in five holes after the turn.
“My putting was so good today. Almost every putt I made went in, especially in my back-nine.
“If I can continue this way, it’ll be a good week,” said the 45-year-old.
Chia continued his resurgence on the region’s premier Tour when he went out quickly with four birdies to turn in 32.
The Malaysian, who ended his 13 year winless streak on the Asian Tour with his win in Taipei last October, then cruised home with another three birdies for an inward 33.
SSP Chawrasia of India SSP Chawrasia of India
“My iron shots were probably the key for me today. I didn’t hit that many fairways but I recovered well with my wedge shots and my irons.
“I’ve been working on my wedge shots with my coach last week. We talked about several things including how to control my emotions on the golf course. It was good today,” said Chia, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
Yano’s calculated approach on the fairways paid off as the Japanese also started promisingly.
“I made sure all my tee shots would stay in the fairways and that was key for me today. I gave myself enough distance so that I could approach the greens comfortably.
“I got unlucky on a few occasions but I managed to recover well after that,” said the Japanese whose last victory on the JGTO came in 2008.
Chawrasia meanwhile credited his course familiarity for putting him in a favourable position as he looks ahead to the next round.
“The golf course is somewhat like a few courses I used to play on back in India. It was hot alright but not unbearable because it was not humid,” said Chawrasia.
The Indian, who is seeking his fourth win on the Asian Tour this week, was consistent with his iron play and took advantage of his birdie chances when they came.
“It was a nice clean round with six birdies and no bogeys. The game was in a good place and I found all the fairways except two and even then there were close by.
“And I gave myself decent chances and converted quite a few of them,” said Chawrasia.
Ends.
About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
About Japan Golf Tour Organization
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad. As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.
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As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.